Happy Chained America, or “Celebrating Independence”?

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Our country was founded to be a religiously free country. This was one of the primary goals, if not the primary goal, of the pilgrims in coming over from England. Later on, even the founding fathers who were not Christian still believed in religious freedom. For instance, Thomas Jefferson, hardly a Christian himself, did not believe that civic freedoms depended on one’s religious beliefs. He believed in a complete freedom of religion. Take a good look at the bill that Jefferson helped write and sponsor for the Virginia legislature. Are not the evils mentioned in it precisely those that we see today, and have every right to fear in the future?

Here are the words of the first amendment to our constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” In today’s world of a “living and breathing Constitution,” this has become a complete wax nose. It means whatever the cultural majority decides it means.

Up until the SCOTUS ruling, there has been mostly freedom of religion (although that has eroded somewhat). There will no longer be a true freedom of religion, unless cooler heads prevail. Folks, if someone wants to be able to say “I hate homosexual people,” he ought to have the freedom to voice his opinion (this is something I would not say, by the way). I date the chaining of America to June 26, 2015. We are no longer a free country. People might very well respond by saying that they are just pursuing their rights, which have been denied them for a long time. This is an utter lie. Judging from the religious persecution that has already started against conservative Christians who refuse to engage in something that they cannot by their own conscience do, churches will most certainly be targeted.

If Satan’s minions were willing to listen, they might realize that they are using the wrong strategy, if they desire to eliminate the church’s influence from America. Up until now, Satan has been making the American church fat and lazy by giving them multitudinous opportunities to be comfortable. Churches fall away from Christ in droves when this happens. It has been happening. Now, however, all that dross is about to be purged away. The church is going to become lean, purer, and much more effective. It will start to look more and more like the house churches in China. There will be many positive things that will come out of this situation. In other words, I am not whining. Obviously, God knows that the church in America needs this in order to be purged. But my point is this: the left should not try to kid themselves or lie to the American public about their true goals. Welcome to the Chained States of America. Big brother is watching.

13 Comments

  1. July 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I would say that Satan’s wiles or schemes have been well-rehearsed over the years and he knows what works (to an extent). Look at Europe. Is the church becoming “more effective” over there now? I don’t think so. They are now a mission field.

    And we in the U.S. are on that very same trajectory, and not all that far behind.

    I think we are about to start finding out small the true remnant of the church really is in this county, sad to say.

    Once cultural/casual Christianity is no longer an option (as now there will be a price to be paid for confessing the name of Christ), many will just decide that the broad road is much easier.

  2. Adam Kane said,

    July 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    On the other hand, look at the old Eastern bloc of the USSR. Most of those republics are now almost entirely barren of vital Christianity. The suppressive force of Communism just about wiped out the church there. I know there are big differences between there are here, and that we have a better chance of surviving, but persecution is not all holy purging. Many healthy branches may be cut off as well. We ought to continue to hope and pray for repentance and (biblical) revival among Christ’s churches in America.

  3. Truth2Freedom said,

    July 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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  4. Chris said,

    July 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Some mark the beginning of the end of this country with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1789. The first amm that you mentioned, written by a true son of the Enlightenment, made this clear: Christianity will not be protected or promoted. Then came Lincoln’s, cough, disagreement with the Southern States declaration of their Independence. Fast forward to today and we see the general arc has been not just totalitarian but openly anti-Christian.

  5. Tom Peters said,

    July 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    “Our country was founded to be a religiously free country. This was one of the primary goals, if not the primary goal, of the pilgrims in coming over from England.”

    With all due respect, neither the Pilgrims, nor the Puritans that followed them, had any intention of establishing a “religiously free” country. They came to America to establish theocracies. They could — and did — brutally punish dissident religious belief, as did the Anglicans in the southern colonies.

    While the America of the late 1700s was far more religiously tolerant than colonial America, nothing in our Constitution prohibited states from establishing official religions, or interfering with the religious practices of their citizens. That did not happen until the 1940s when the SCOTUS (correctly, in my opinion) incorporated both the free exercise and establishment clauses into the 14th Amendment. Until those rulings the states were perfectly happy to enforce religious orthodoxy (or, perhaps, *popular* religious orthodoxy) by imprisoning people for blasphemy, writing prayers for public schools, forcing children with religious objections to pledge allegiance to the flag, etc. The effect of those decision has largely been to get the state out of the religion business, which is exactly where it should be.

  6. Roy Kerns said,

    July 10, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Sounds good, Tom. Until one realized that the choice is *not* religion vs no religion, but which religion. Write it down: we face the imposition by state force of a religion. By write it down, I mean specifically that you will be able to check this prediction against what happens in the next two decades, maybe the next two years.

    That reality of forceful imposition does not deny your selected extraction of events from U.S. history in your penultimate sentence. I would agree that we can trust only God with power, that even humble, godly people will err in their administration of civil authority. But you ain’t seen nothing yet compared to what those who hate any restraint on their assertion of choice independent of any restriction will do as they exercise power.

  7. Tom Peters said,

    July 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Roy Kerns:

    What you mean by the words “imposition . . . of a religion”? What exactly do you think the government is going to do?

    _Obergafell_ is a limitation on the government’s power to restrict the scope of civil marriage. It does not increase government power — it reduces it. Nothing in the decision touches on religious practice. It does not — and cannot — require churches to conduct marriages they do not believe in. It does not — and cannot — compel churches to accept homosexual members, or to change their doctrine. The right of churches to control their own affairs is part of our constitutional law, and is erected on a textual and theoretical foundation that _Obergafell_ does not engage. This is not the decision that is going to cause the sky to fall with respect to religious liberty.

    Nor does _Obergafell_ empower government to limit the Christian’s ability to speak out against same sex marriage, or to publicly say that homosexuality is sin. Nothing in the opinion does that. That right to speak out about marriage and homosexuality is secured by both the free exercise and free speech clauses of the Constitution, neither of which this decision affects.

    As I stated above, the effect of the 1940s free exercise and establishment clause cases has been to limit government power with respect to religion. Even assuming an evilly inclined government, how does that government impose a religion by force? What is the plausible scenario by which that happens? I don’t think there is one.

  8. Trent Whalin said,

    July 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    America hasn’t been free in awhile. Seeds were sown in the 1789 Judicial Act and the subsequent Madison v. Marbury. Then there was the nullification crises, then World War Wilson, FDR, and unfortunately Civil Rights and that whole era which became a template for this current sexual rights era.
    Some of us however, have just awakened to find our freedoms gone and we don’t realize the straight line through history to end up there.

  9. Roy Kerns said,

    July 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Tom @7. Do you deny that the gov’t is imposing somebody’s faith-shaped paradigm (= religion)? Do you think that people act “neutrally”, without faith ordering their thoughts, when they take on they roles of gov’t, that this sort of activity is somehow a wholly other realm?

    You think a gov’t, our gov’t, does not impose a religion by force? Perhaps you want to deny Roe and your taxes supporting killing kids? Perhaps you want to deny gov’t demands that a bunch of nuns pay for contraceptives?
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421168/government-beats-little-sisters-now-ramesh-ponnuru
    My point with that last is not the link itself or its details so much as the reality that it took all of a couple minutes on line to find the latest and grate est example of something I expect you, too, Tom, can easily locate. IOW, you KNOW, as a matter of common knowledge, that gov’t does not merely plausibly but actually require folks to practice a religion.

  10. michael said,

    July 28, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I’m going to comment from the point of view as a Native American. I am an Elect member of the Church Christ is building and has been faithfully building since Acts chapter 2. I believe I am fully reformed and hold to the five solas and TULIP.

    I would ask you previous commenters to cite some verses from Scripture that teach us that we, the Church members of the Body of Christ in any generation, are to build a nation or tear one down or do anything within any nation we are transplanted into or by birth were born citizens of that rebels against it? I just don’t think there is such a verse or verses.

    What I do see in Scripture and was taught by the authors of the New Testament from the book of Acts to the book of the Revelation is we are in the world not of it. And our greatest involvement in any nation we reside in is to pray for the leaders of that nation for a single purpose of being conformed to the image of Christ and to evangelize that nation by preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to those who live in it. Nothing more or less than that. And on top of that when we pray or live our daily lives we are praying to live our lives for the Glory of God and not ourselves.

    I would note for the record that there seems to be something missing in the Church around the world generally to this regard in light of some Scriptures I will cite now and not in any particular order:::>

    The first one has to do with WHY we pray for authorities from 1 Timothy 2:

    1Ti 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
    1Ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
    1Ti 2:3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
    1Ti 2:4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    As I read and understand these verses I understand it that we are praying so that we can maintain or be allowed to lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way as we sojourn in the nation we call home knowing we are not just citizens of it but rather we are citizens of God’s Heavenly Kingdom concurrently.

    As one of you said in comments above this one country of the United States is on a trajectory these days that doesn’t look so promising for the Church to have it this way, that is, being allowed by the government of the United States or in particular States, Counties, Cities, Towns or unincorporated areas within the States to live a peaceful life, quietly and dignified and godly unmolested by such a repressive government as the United States seems to be becoming? I heard just today that a government official after the SCOTUS ruling about marriage said they, the administration of the U.S.A. are now out to change the way people of the United States thinks about marriage. That to me is vary contrary to the organic documents that made up the founding of the United States, don’t you think?

    My last name is Burke. That name can be traced back to England. How my family got this name was because the Catholic Church controlled the legislature of California around the last of the Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth. A law was passed that allowed immigrants who came over to the United States and settled in California could capture “stray” native american children and use them as domestics. As this law was fully applied English settlers in California up and down the state began capturing Indian children and making them their servants on their ranches and farms. Out of this the way these settlers of California came to identify their own Indian domestics was by tagging them with their last name. So consequently in my Tribe, a Northern Californian Tribe of Pomo Indians, we have Indians with English last names like Burke or Spanish last names like Feliz. I guess I can’t fault the True Christian settlers for doing this but it was done and done legally because a legislature passed a law that said it could be done.

    Because the True Church Christ is building works fine in every culture, sometimes underground in the subculture like we see in China or other countries, it shouldn’t get too entangled in the affairs of this life. In fact in 2nd Timothy 2 Paul writes exactly that. And if you go to the book of the Revelation chapter 18 you see the Spirit of God exhorting the Church to come out from the midst of fallen Babylon and not to be a partaker with her in her rebellions against God. In fact we are to pay her back double for all the things she does to us and because of us, the True Church of the Lord Jesus Christ!

    This leads me to a final citation from 2nd Peter and an exhortation I wish you commenters would comment about.

    Here’s the verses from chapter 3 of 2nd Peter that I have in mind:

    2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
    2Pe 3:11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
    2Pe 3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
    2Pe 3:13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

    When I read those verses I think, well, what does it mean to be “HASTENING” the coming of the day of God? What does the Lord expect from His Bride to be doing every day that hastens His return to Her?

    There is this verse from Galatians that seems to elucidate for me what the Church should be doing every day in hastening the Lord’s return to Her:::>

    Gal 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

    For me it means while I live in the State of California I am to be praying for the present Governor and his administration and for the legislature of the State, both the Senate and Assembly and I am to pray for the Judicial body of the State that laws are not passed that by judicial activism interrupt the peaceful and quiet life the Lord died on His cross for me to live and lead in godliness and dignity. It also means I should daily be praying for the Federal Government of the United States that they too do not pass laws that would disrupt the peaceful and quiet life the Lord wants me to live in godliness and dignity.

    But even more than that, I am to be about the Great Commission because as I read the Scriptures in various places I see that we not to be about building nations or tearing them down but hastening the Great Commission so it is fulfilled and every creature is reached so that the end will indeed come! I don’t see in the Great Commission that we are see every creature SAVED. No, only reached with the message of the Gospel. God saves His people by His people preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to everyone in every nation today.

    Where am I wrong here?

  11. July 29, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Michael, well said. Jesus said my kingdom is not of this world.

  12. rcjr said,

    July 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Michael, I appreciate your thoughtful post. In answer to your question I cite Matthew 28:19-20-“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” One of the things Jesus teaches us is that the law of God is the exposition of the great commandment. Thus God’s law against man-stealing, which your ancestors were victims of, is part of what we are to teach the nations to observe. Teach, however, is a key word that goes to Kevin’s observation. When Jesus told Pilate His kingdom was not of this world, He wasn’t suggesting that He does not reign here. After all, He was given all authority on earth. The distinction He made was the mode of operation, “or else My servants would fight.” We go forth with the sword of the Word, calling all men everywhere to repent, which means in part to turn from their sin. That includes man stealing, sexual perversion, and the violent murder of their own children before birth. The Great Commission isn’t merely getting souls into the lifeboat, but bringing all things under subjection to the reign of Christ. Hope that helps.

  13. michael said,

    July 29, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Kevin, thanks for you comments.

    rcjr, yes that goes to confirm what I am pointing to in my comment above this one. You may have noticed in the final words I said that we, the Church alive and active on earth today, wherever we might be are not SAVING anyone. We don’t save people, the message does. Our job is not to SAVE. Our job is to open our mouth when the opportunity arises so that the Holy Spirit can do His sanctifying work as Peter noted in the beginning of one of his epistles.

    Our Gospel is unwanted and unwelcome in the world ruled by the Devil. This evil is a force none of us should reckon with alone. No, indeed none of us should be so arrogant as to think we can confront the Devil or his ilk in the Name of the Lord arbitrarily. We the Ministers, the Elders and Teachers of TRUTH seem to have fallen down on the job over the last century or two. It seems what it means to be a Pastor these days is you are ordained and placed into a governing position in a congregation where you get to spend your days reading up on what everyone else is reading up on and possibly write a tome or book or booklet or series of teachings that lays out just how much you know about what everyone else knows, all the while the sheep of your unique pasture just get fatter and spoiled and under worked and under utilized. They never take risks. They never open their mouth and declare the Gospel of the Kingdom in any venue including at home!

    Somehow the Gospel has come full circle to me and my satisfactions in life and the pride in just how many people support me and my satisfactions in the world that I get to enjoy. I then at a ripe old age retire to the farm and raise chickens and grow organic food and spend time at the farmer’s market hoping someone will say or do something so I can say or do something for the Lord.

    I’m being a bit extreme there but having traveled to about thirty countries doing business and ministry work for the Lord I can tell you there really isn’t a major focus on being conformed to the image and likeness of Christ as the Scriptures emphasize, for instance, see Philippians 3:20-21 or as you cited from Matthew’s Gospel about the Great commission, living a life in such a way we are making waves in all of the realms of society from the top down or bottom up because our life is the message we preach and teach and experience daily as Paul indicated at Galatians 6 about what we boast in every day.

    It seems to me we are about to get the shock of our lives from the Lord of Terrors, the Lord Jesus Christ, as He rains down some stiff and harsh judgments on the good ole U.S.A.?

    The Church it seems to me has lost her focus on HASTENING the coming of the day of God where the great judgment happens and this present heavens and earth are burned up and dissolved as Peter wrote that I cited in my previous comment. There are two great victories that destroy darkness and wickedness in the world. And it seems there isn’t much emphasis on these two things. They are as I cited from Philippians 3, an emphasis on what the Lord intends to do to each and every one of us called and elected. Peter writes we have been called to the Eternal Glory in Christ, see 1 Peter 5:10 AND second major thing that seems to be non-apparent is the preaching of this Gospel everywhere to everyone when that door is opened to us as it was to Philip, see Acts 8. Where’s this excitement? Where’s the zeal of the Lord we had shortly after coming to Christ as a young person or adult? Where’s the fire in the teachers teaching from birth infants and toddlers these two things as they grow up within the Church community they were birthed into? I don’t see it. Do you?

    The only ones who really have a vested interest in keeping this world, the present heavens and earth, going on and on and on and on and on day after day after day is the Devil and his ilk! They in no way want the Church to rise up on earth into that Eternal Glory in Christ and hasten the return of the Lord Jesus Christ AND FOR GOOD REASON. I have as you have read the book of the Revelation to John. What awaits them? The lake of fire. As one great scholar noted he can’t think of one instance where any of God’s enemies, either in the heavenly places or on earth say when thinking about the judgment that awaits them “let’s go swimming”. I just want to take a nice long swim in that lake of fire and then dive right on in! NO, this judgment is one where that creature is taken hold of and with force CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.

    Here is one of the most horrible descriptions of what awaits the wicked at their death:::>

    Job 18:5 “Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine.
    Job 18:6 The light is dark in his tent, and his lamp above him is put out.
    Job 18:7 His strong steps are shortened, and his own schemes throw him down.
    Job 18:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walks on its mesh.
    Job 18:9 A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare lays hold of him.
    Job 18:10 A rope is hidden for him in the ground, a trap for him in the path.
    Job 18:11 Terrors frighten him on every side, and chase him at his heels.
    Job 18:12 His strength is famished, and calamity is ready for his stumbling.
    Job 18:13 It consumes the parts of his skin; the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
    Job 18:14 He is torn from the tent in which he trusted and is brought to the king of terrors.
    Job 18:15 In his tent dwells that which is none of his; sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
    Job 18:16 His roots dry up beneath, and his branches wither above.
    Job 18:17 His memory perishes from the earth, and he has no name in the street.
    Job 18:18 He is thrust from light into darkness, and driven out of the world.
    Job 18:19 He has no posterity or progeny among his people, and no survivor where he used to live.
    Job 18:20 They of the west are appalled at his day, and horror seizes them of the east.
    Job 18:21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, such is the place of him who knows not God.”

    We are at war. There is a war going on right now in the cosmos as you are well aware. We do not struggle or fight with flesh and blood but our fight is to be taken to the front door of darkness and wickedness that is sweeping away many souls into an eternal judgment they simply cannot return from or repent of.

    I’ll leave off with this Word from Habakkuk:

    Hab 2:1 I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
    Hab 2:2 And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
    Hab 2:3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

    I say it’s now our turn, the Church, to “HASTEN TO THE END this vision given to Habakkuk!


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